IND vs SL 1st Test Match Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Sri Lanka tour of India
1st Test: IND vs. SL
The much-anticipated test between India and Sri Lanka is finally on us. Rohit Sharma will debut as a red ball captain while King Kohli will take the field for the 100th time in test match cricket. Both these stalwarts of Indian cricket will have a special day and a special match but the pressure will completely be on Sri Lanka. After getting white-washed by India in the T20I series, they will look forward to change their fortune and derail India’s plan. On the other hand, India will look forward to bring some laurels to this very special match for two of their most important players of this modern age.
Sri Lanka, as a test side, has established themselves quite well. They are at the top of the World Test Series table with a 100% win record. If they can keep up with the momentum, they might even cause an upset and move an inch closer to the finals. The Lankans have a very good pace bowling line-up. The pace attack has put India in trouble for a handsome number of times in the past but this Sri Lanka team looks a bit tired and exhausted from all the cricket they have played recently. When it comes to batting, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Niroshan Dickwella will be crucial. If they get a good start, they can put India under some kind of trouble.
The Indian team looks very much sorted as they clearly have a roadmap. They have let Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma go and some young guns will have to fill the shoes of these legends. Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihar are in the team is a welcoming sign as these youngsters can bring a lot to the table which the senior batters failed to. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja are expected to dominate with the ball once again while Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj will be a perfect combination to assist the spinners.
Match: IND vs. SL, 1st Test, Sri Lanka tour of India, 2022
Date: Thursday, February 04-08, 2022
Time: 9:30 AM
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohal
A great stadium to bat first and put on runs on the board.
IND vs SL Squads
IND: Rohit Sharma (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, R Pant, KS Bharat, Ravichandran Ashwin (subject to fitness), Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, J Bumrah (vc), Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Saurabh Kumar
SL: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva (vc), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Chamika Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrema, Lasith Embuldeniya.
IND vs. SL Probable XIs
IND: Rohit Sharma (c), Mayank Agarwal (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari,Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Md. Siraj.
SL: Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Lahiru Thirimanne, Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lasith Ambuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara.
Like in the T20 Series, team India should get the win and win it by a comfortable margin. The spinning duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will definitely have a good match and they will be India’s top weapons to beat the Lankans.
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